Green Tea and Arthritis - Cause Swollen Feet?

by Marie
(Florida)

I bought a bag of bulk green tea from ebay. I took about 1.4 grams a day for an arthritic knee after an old work injury.

After 4 days, my feet were swollen.

I stop the tea and swelling went away. I need the green tea but now I am scared of drinking it? What do you think?

Answer:

Marie, green tea is supposed to be good for inflammation and arthritis, but in you case, I really am not so sure. Given that it causes you to have swollen feet, I would advise that you stay from it for a while.

Anyone has any other views or experience to share?

Julian

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May 18, 2010
Re: Green Tea and Swollen Feet
by: Anonymous

I recently starting having extremely swollen feet. I've never had this problem. And I've also recently started drinking a lot of green tea every day. In my case, I really think the tea is causing my problem, so you may be on to something.

Jul 24, 2010
swollen feet
by: Anonymous

I, too, recently started to drink green tea in place of water and noticed my feet became swollen.

Trying to figure out the cause of swelling, I came to this website and after reading the comments have come to the conclusion it must be the tea. The days I drank a lot of tea are the days the swelling appeared. Consequently,it seems moderation is the key.

Aug 20, 2010
Swollen feet
by: Anonymous

I drank brisk iced tea and i began to have swelling in the feet. I stop drinking it and it goes away.I don't know what causes it.

Aug 24, 2010
Swellng and green tea
by: Anonymous

Oddly my knee was really swollen last week. Only thing different is I drank A LOT of Trader Joes unsweetened Green tea. Laid off it and swelling went down. Couldn't resist drinking it in the heat, and my knee ballooned up again!? Odd.

Sep 18, 2010
Swollen feet
by: lino

After drinking 4 liters of ice tea a day without any other liquid drinks/water for a week now, I'm now suffering of a swollen foot.

This has happened to me a longtime ago but it is only now that I've concluded what caused it.

I only hope it wasn't because I love ice tea!

Sep 22, 2010
Bottled Teas have a lot of sugar
by: SenchaKing

Real green tea is not Lipton that comes in 20oz bottle. That tea contains traces of real green tea or extracts but has a lot of bad artificial things in it.

Real green tea should be of a greenish color because this means that it has not yet oxidized and lost it's full nutritional value.

I have been drinking green tea for the past five to six years and here are some great teas. Many of these teas are found on this site.

Look below for more suggestions:

Sencha Green Tea- This is a generic name for everyday loose green tea or tea-bagged tea. This is also reasonably priced.

Gyokuro Green Tea- This is essentially sencha that has been shaded from the sea during the later stages of it's growing cycle.This causes the tea leafs to turn a very dark green.This tends to be sweeter than sencha and also costs more.

Tea-Bagged Teas- "Uncle Lee's Tea" from Walmart is decent because it is actually green and in a bag.

Trader Joe's green tea bags

Any made in japan "sencha" tea bags.

"Ito-En" bottled green tea beverages have small amounts of sugar and are made by a Japanese company

Jan 13, 2011
Green Tea
by: Anonymous

Iam glad I found this website because I RECENTLY STARTED DRINKING GREEN TEA,OOLONG TEA AN CHAMOMILE TEA BECAUSE I SAW NIT ON DR.OZ.aT NIGHT TIME

I started having excessive itching on muy toes and they would swell. I am going to stop the tea n see if the swelling goes away.

Jun 24, 2011
At last
by: Anonymous

Finally! I only drank green tea because I thought it was sooooo good for me.

When I would tell people that I thought it made me retain water; ie, feet and ankle swelling--they thought it wasn't the tea.

But when I would go away, and not drink the tea, the feet swelling would subside. Glad others share the problem. All of our systems are different!

Oct 07, 2011
Tea & swollen feet
by: Anonymous

After several years of experiencing this swollen foot/feet I finally narrowed it down to whenever I would drink lots of tea.

I prefer Ice Tea and would literally drink a lot of it. When I lay off the swelling goes away. Now when I do breakdown and drink ANY tea caffine or decaf, green or any other variety this happens and it happens now after a couple of cups of tea/glasses or ice tea.

This is extremely annoying as I LOVE tea...I truly wonder WHY this occurs...but now after finding these articles I don't feel like a nut trying to match the swelling foot/feet (generally it is only my left foot)to ingesting of tea.

I have an rx for lasic to counteract these side effects. I try my best to stay with water.

Nov 07, 2011
Green Tea
by: Fast Eddie

Nov.7, 2011: I have noticed that when I drink a lot of green tea my ankle begins to swell. I am only drinking green tea twice a week!

Dec 03, 2011
Yikes, DoMatcha, I never would have imagined it
by: Deaniegirl

I was drinking 1 tsp DoMatcha every morning. Then I had bariatric surgery and stopped drinking for 2 months.

I started again 2 days ago, and WAA LAA, swollen ankles!! I thought for SURE it was something else (I'm losing a lot of weight, and thought I might be retaining water).

I will stop drinking DoMatcha immediately to see if this is the cause.

And from the other comments, I'm afraid it might be! Wow, who would have thought green tea would be a problem!!!

That makes me really sad! I love green tea and was so hoping for its medical benefits to help me in my weight loss!!

Thanks to all who entered the information above. If you hadn't, I might not have made this connection myself!

Dec 08, 2011
Jasmine Green Tea & Arthritis
by: Shawn

I have got Arthritis and started drinking very high quality Jasmine Pearl Tea. I have got severe pain in the last few days. I thought is was the tea but every article I found on web advised me that green tea is great for Arthritis.

That is all bunch of rubbish. Thank God I found this site. Now I am convinced it is the tea because I eat nothing but fruit, vegetable soup, and Salmon. All great for Arthritis.

There is so much garbage on the web. Take care all.

Jan 09, 2012
Foot Pain due to Geen Tea
by: Anonymous

This is a definite condition, as my wife and I both experienced an increase in foot pain drinking green tea on a daily basis.

We were not sure why we had the pain at first, but finally stopped the tea, and over the course of a few days the pain subsided.

We normally drink black tea daily, and perhaps there is a substance saturation that the body is reacting to. We enjoy the green tea for its positive health effects, but for us the pain was unbearable.

Apr 20, 2012
Flavored Ice Teas
by: Anonymous

I just noticed today after drinking a liptons peach ice tea that the swelling in my feet had returned. I had gone a couple of weeks without it and didn't think anything of it until tonight and put two and two together.

So I decided to google it and found this site and it confirmed my suspicions. No more ice tea for me, I miss my lovely slender feet!

Anyone able to tell me specifically what ingredients are in these instant teas that cause the swelling?

Thank you in advance!

Jun 01, 2012
Tea and aching feet
by: Anonymous

I recently switched from those packets of flavored teas you can add to a container of water to tea bags since I had just received an iced tea maker.

My feet did not swell, but the bottoms of my feet hurt so bad it was sooooooo painful to walk.

I went away on vacation and did not drink tea at all and the foot pain went away...hmmmmmm.

Aug 21, 2012
Green Tea makes me swell
by: Fast Eddie, Jr.

I have been drinking the sparkling green tea in the bottle, everytime I drink the tea my ankles swell.

Aug 28, 2012
ME TOO!
by: Anonymous

NO WAY!!! i have been experiencing pain in both my feet first thing in the morning, as well as swollen feet and ankles. my menstrual cycle has been increasingly irregular the older i get, but i decided to make an appointment with my doctor about the swelling AFTER my period was over to rule out bloating/water retention. the more i thought about it, i realized that even with my period has always been pretty irregular but i have never experienced bloating, ever. I tried to think of any and everything i could have been doing differently lately so i could narrow down the possible culprit. sudddely i thought ,"OOLONG TEA!". i have been drinking it regulary but not daily, for about a month. i googled oolong tea and swelling and i found this!

Dec 19, 2012
Tea and swelling feet and ankles
by: Anonymous

I too have noticed that after drinking green tea, oolong tea, black tea, etc., my feet and ankles swell. I had not drank any in a week or so, and noticed the swelling had subsided. I drank some this morning and a couple of hours later noticed my feet and ankles look like tree stumps. Throwing it all away!!!! I will stick to Grapefruit Juice, Cranberry Juice and Pomegranate Juice and most definitely WATER!

Jan 24, 2013
Green tea, arthritis and swollen - joints
by: Anonymous

After 2 weeks of drinking green tea, I noticed my pain had increased. Started noting edema in hands knees and ankles. I also did this when i tried glucosamine. Anyone know what the reason would be.

Mar 19, 2013
Green/White Tea & Foot & Leg Swelling
by: Swisstoon

I had been drinking green tea...from 6-8 cups a day...for several years. About a year and a half ago, I noticed swelling in my feet and lower legs.

It was only in the past month that I thought there might be a correlation between all that tea and the swelling. Actually, my first inclination was to suspect that the sweetener (the pink packet) had something to do with it because of the calcium silicate it contained.

First, I cut back on the sweet stuff. Then I cut back slightly on the tea. Didn't notice much difference. I switched to white tea and noticed a slight improvement.

But it was only after I cut back to two cups of white tea a day that the swelling subsided substantially. I'm ready to go cold turkey for a few days to see if that brings my feet completely back to normal.

May 22, 2013
Green tea extract and swollen feet
by: Edna

I started taking the Green Tea Extract capsules. I noticed the swelling in my feet and ankles. I am pretty healthy and was taking it as precautionary measure to keep me healthy but I'm stopping it today. I know it was the Green Tea capsules because I'm not really taking any thing else.

May 22, 2013
Oolong tea
by: Chezza

For the last four months I have had the most excruciating pain in my foot, in particular the arch. (Stabbing pain on my sole followed by an intense burning sensation) I was about to get it checked out at the doctors when a friend asked, "could it be something you're eating" after working out what I had introduced into my diet over that time, there was only one thing Oolong tea, but how could tea cause that pain. I googled and found this site... Thank you!!

Five days in from stopping the tea and my foot is pain free, and my leg (which I hadn't realised was so swollen) is starting to reduce.

It must be the process green & oolong tea goes through to result in this side effect for some people.

Keep spreading the word, a simple change in tea, can cause havoc!!

Jun 11, 2013
Not just green tea
by: Anonymous

I decided to stop drinking regular sweet tea because of its diuretic properties. It seemed after three days all the water weight that I normally have came off of me like after taking a water pill. I wondered if it was connected to not drinking the tea. I looked down out my usually swollen feet, but not normal feet and decided to Google sweet tea and edema. That's how I found this site. I don't know if the edema will stay away if I stay away from tea, but if it is related, just wanted to let you know you may not want to count out only green tea.

Nov 26, 2013
Face swelling
by: Anonymous

i started using green tea with caffeine and i got breakout (acne ) on my face, so i came on conclusion that caffeine gives me breakout so i bought green tea without caffeine , i like the flavour ,i am also loosing weight but still my family and friend mebers are calling me chubby ( because of swollen face ),weight scale is reducing weight but looking more fat ( chubby face ),i was keep wondering why this is hapening to me ,then thought to stop green tea and i stop using it and my face swelling decreases. so green tea gives me swelling on face.i just have to stop using green tea because it is giving me too many sideeffect like breakout ,acne ,swelling.

Feb 19, 2014
Swollen knees
by: Anonymous

I have pretty much been knee pain free for quite some time. Then I started drinking green tea. Knees are once again swollen after only 3 days. I will quit drinking it again to see what happens

Feb 24, 2014
Green tea and swelling
by: Anonymous

I noticed that since I started drinking qualitea green tea my left ankle kept swelling tank God for this site I will not drink all these again tank u so much I would have spent money unnecesarily on drugs

Mar 02, 2014
Green tea causes swollen feet
by: razan

I started drinking green tea about a month ago.. i wanted to lose some weight but instead I had swollen feet,hands and face.. I searched online to see the cause of that and I found out that green tea was the reason.

Apr 18, 2014
Hand swelling after taking on tea drinking
by: Anonymous

I never drink much water - don't like the taste of it. But in the past week or two I have been drinking loads of green tea. I begin noticing hands swollen in the morning and getting worse by the day, stay swollen even in the PM. Searched for the connection and took a long time to find this website - it seems that some stuff in green tea could causes water retention. Will stop and hope to get better.

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